Lyn Macdonald has an excellent grasp of early 20th century history, a period that determined the course of Europe and the free world. You don't need film footage to picture the horrow of warfare when the descriptive the author uses put's you right there with the fighting men, on both sides. This book captures the strategy and the bloody reality of making it happen The bold attempt by the Germans to break the deadlock, the conviction of both sides that they were right. The mutual respect the soldiers had for each other, the minute by minute need to survive and at the same time kill or be killed reality of the butchery all around them. The soldiers story emerges with dignity, the realisation that both sets of combatants were mere porns in the hands of the politicians. Read the book, going to bed is easy, going to sleep is much more difficult. "To the Last Man" will make sure of that.